Aug. 15, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
The police are looking for a man who stole a backpack—that contained a handgun—from a customer who accidentally left the bag at a pizzeria in Astoria last week.
The suspect swiped the bag from inside Krave It Pizza & Sandwich Joint, located at 36-18 30 Ave., on Thursday after it was left unattended, according to police.
The owner of the backpack, a 28-year-old man, had been dining inside the eatery at around 1 p.m. and placed the bag underneath a table. It contained a legally possessed firearm, police said.
Shortly afterward, the owner of the backpack got up and left the establishment but forgot to take the bag with him, police said.
When he realized he didn’t have the backpack, he returned to the pizzeria only to discover the item was gone.
The NYPD released a photo of the man they believe stole the bag. The suspect is seen wearing a white T-shirt, a black hat, gray shorts and white sneakers.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/